is it possible to create a free website that is your VERY own?

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I mean no wordpress or other garbage that is so called your but wordpress actually own it.. Completely yours for free.

I know there is free hosting somewhere, but I'm trying to figure out how to get a free domain.

Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nics
    You can make your site entirely of html pages. Use a free program like The SeaMonkey® Project to make them. You will own those pages and they can't be taken from you. Not aware of anywhere you can get a free domain
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
    Never going to happen. The free hosting will have certain requirements in place, break them and you lose the service. They can do whatever they want to your site. The domain name will be the same too.
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  • Profile picture of the author HawkPrecision
    Okay, thanks guys. I appreciate the honesty.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tiptopcat
    Nothing in this world is free. Cheap, yes, but completely free with no strings attached? No.

    Free sites such as Wordpress or Blogger are great places to start but you should always be thinking of moving onto something that you own and have complete control of.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author RachelLily
    nothing is free in the world today, good luck with that. no one will do that for you for why in the world would someone give you a free website if they wont receive something in return.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Is it possible? Sort of.

    Is it practical? Nope.

    Technically you COULD do this, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it. But if you're a sucker for punishment try this:

    - Put together a LAMP server at home using an existing computer - Ubuntu Linux makes this pretty easy. As long as you have an existing computer (doesn't have to be a very powerful one so you could use a hand-me-down) you haven't incurred any costs.

    - Host it on your existing connection, hopefully you at least have a cable modem with a decent bandwidth package. Of course that's not "free" but you're using something you already have anyway so no extra cost. Set your router so TCP port 80 points at the Linux box.

    - Use DynDNS and grab one of their domain names. Point it at your IP address.

    And that would do it... until you start getting a reasonable level of traffic and your ISP send you a nasty notice!

    Seriously why would you want to do this when domain names and hosting are so cheap?

    Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author isaacsmithjones
      Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post

      Is it possible? Sort of.

      Is it practical? Nope.

      Technically you COULD do this, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it. But if you're a sucker for punishment try this:

      - Put together a LAMP server at home using an existing computer - Ubuntu Linux makes this pretty easy. As long as you have an existing computer (doesn't have to be a very powerful one so you could use a hand-me-down) you haven't incurred any costs.

      - Host it on your existing connection, hopefully you at least have a cable modem with a decent bandwidth package. Of course that's not "free" but you're using something you already have anyway so no extra cost. Set your router so TCP port 80 points at the Linux box.

      - Use DynDNS and grab one of their domain names. Point it at your IP address.

      And that would do it... until you start getting a reasonable level of traffic and your ISP send you a nasty notice!

      Seriously why would you want to do this when domain names and hosting are so cheap?

      Bill
      Indeed, there are a few ways to get it done for free. Obviously, Bill has given you the FULL DIY version...

      And then there are also other ways of gettign it done, like getting some standard free hosting, and then like a .co.nr domain (if the still do those).

      But as Bill said:
      "Is it practical? NOPE!"

      When you get this stuff for free, you don't OWN it. Therefore, you have no (or very few) legal rights. And they can just delete your stuff, or redirect, or edit your pages when they like, and there's nothing you can do about it.

      It costs like £65 to build a website that's gonna last you a full year. If your website ain't gonna make THAT back... Then it's probably not worth the effort.

      Plus, on unlimited hosting, you can get like 10 websites for £100.

      Sounds pretty fair to me.

      But I sincerely wish you good luck if you insist on the free stuff =).
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    • Profile picture of the author sunray
      Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post

      Is it possible? Sort of.

      Is it practical? Nope.

      Technically you COULD do this, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it. But if you're a sucker for punishment try this:

      - Put together a LAMP server at home using an existing computer - Ubuntu Linux makes this pretty easy. As long as you have an existing computer (doesn't have to be a very powerful one so you could use a hand-me-down) you haven't incurred any costs.

      - Host it on your existing connection, hopefully you at least have a cable modem with a decent bandwidth package. Of course that's not "free" but you're using something you already have anyway so no extra cost. Set your router so TCP port 80 points at the Linux box.

      - Use DynDNS and grab one of their domain names. Point it at your IP address.

      And that would do it... until you start getting a reasonable level of traffic and your ISP send you a nasty notice!

      Seriously why would you want to do this when domain names and hosting are so cheap?

      Bill
      This got me thinking.. Suppose you have a website that needs a very good VPS or even a dedicated server. In that case it would actually be practical. You'd get a good and reliable home connection that has at least 20 Mbit/s upload for 20-30 dollars a month (and this is a speed that most VPS plans only dream of...) A colocation service would cost ten times more. Of course, the connection in a data center is more reliable, they have UPS and diesel generators for blackout etc.. but still, if you want to save money in this situation, you could do it by using your own home server.

      It would be especially worthwhile if your website uses much more CPU power than average. Your bandwidth may be not that much, but a hosting company would charge really a lot for the hardware you are using.

      Just a hypethetical situation, that most IM-s never have to face, since IM websites are easily cached, and as such are easily hosted on cheap shared hosting plans.
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      • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
        Originally Posted by sunray View Post

        This got me thinking.. Suppose you have a website that needs a very good VPS or even a dedicated server. In that case it would actually be practical. You'd get a good and reliable home connection that has at least 20 Mbit/s upload for 20-30 dollars a month (and this is a speed that most VPS plans only dream of...) A colocation service would cost ten times more. Of course, the connection in a data center is more reliable, they have UPS and diesel generators for blackout etc.. but still, if you want to save money in this situation, you could do it by using your own home server.

        It would be especially worthwhile if your website uses much more CPU power than average. Your bandwidth may be not that much, but a hosting company would charge really a lot for the hardware you are using.

        Just a hypothetical situation, that most IM-s never has to face, since IM websites are easily cached, and as such are easily hosted on cheap shared hosting plans.
        Still not very practical.

        I used to host my own sites in the 1990's, my cable company provided me a business cable modem which as far as I could tell was identical to my home cable modem except it cost 5 times more and had a static IP address. Back then this was a viable solution - but also back then domains cost 35 dollars a year and you needed to buy a 2-year minimum, and hosting plans were not cheap.

        I would never even consider this today.

        If I wanted to be my own host I would (and do) go with Amazon EC2, it has all the benefits of hosting yourself plus more. I can scale my servers up or down with an API call and can deploy them in locations around the globe. And as Amazon offers a year of free service (for a microinstance anyway) you could sort-of say it's free, but of course it isn't really. And I pay for domain names like everyone else.

        Again to the OP (who has remained silent throughout this dialog) why would you even ask this? Domains and shared hosting are dirt cheap. It costs less to establish a website than it does to set up a lemonade stand - if you can't invest that in your business then you really have a problem.

        Why even bother to ask - OP can you answer please?

        Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    Originally Posted by HawkPrecision View Post

    I mean no wordpress or other garbage that is so called your but wordpress actually own it.. Completely yours for free.

    I know there is free hosting somewhere, but I'm trying to figure out how to get a free domain.

    Thanks in advance.
    To get a domain name only cost about $9 bucks. You can probably find some Godaddy promo coupons around the web somewhere. But truthfully... If you're unwilling to invest $10 to get yourself a domain name, then internet marketing is probably not for you.

    It takes money, to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonBennet
    You will want to have control over your asset if you are serious about doing this internet business full time. If you are serious about having your internet business, you will want to invest some money on some tool and resources that will help get your business growing.

    There is no Free things in this world and anything that is free comes with a catch. Keep going forward and don't give up
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by HawkPrecision View Post

    is it possible to create a free website that is your VERY own?
    It depends what you mean by "your very own". You'll always have a hosting company and have to comply with their terms of service, but that's also true for all of us who aren't ourselves in the hosting business, even those of us who use paid hosting.

    Free hosts, overall, are less reliable than paid-for hosts, but some are still pretty reliable and try to impress people with their free hosting services so that their free customers will eventually upgrade, pay and stay. That's good, safe, free hosting. Make sure you choose a long-established company that doesn't put any advertising on your site.

    Byethost is one of the better-known ones that fits that description.

    (000WebHost and Freehostia are also maybe worth a look: the latter has a one-click Wordpress installer that actually works).

    Any hosting company like that will give you a free subdomain name. There are also ways of getting free domains, but they're not good ones and hard to rank, and probably not worth bothering with.

    I disagree with most of the replies above, in short. Many people assume that "free" necessarily means "unsafe to use" or "you don't own your site". In fact, safety isn't determined by whether or not a site was free to set up: it's determined by the host's terms of service.

    The important thing is to stay away from sites like wordpress.com, blogger.com, squidoo and hubpages where you can never own or control your own site, where countless Warriors and others have suddenly lost their sites without even understanding what they did wrong, and where the terms of service (and their idiosyncratic and inconsistent interpretation) are going to be highly unsuitable and risky for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author renukoot
    Well if you are In India, sure that thing happen for Now I can say even it is for 1 Year. (But then the Renewal is also Cost Effective around 67% Less than the Normal Rates)

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  • Profile picture of the author hirithk
    Hi

    wordpress is free and it can be hosted, there are some free hosting services, but the bandwidh and website accessibility will be not good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    "Your Own" is very subjective - in reality no-one owns their website.

    Yes I said no-one.

    Even you if went and "bought" a domain name, you don't own it - you're just renting it from the registrar and they actually have the power to take it back from you at any time.

    You've seen the "cyber squatting" cases where people have been ordered to hand over "their" domain name because it is too much like a big brand name.

    So, while I understand what you're asking for - don't be fooled that you ever actually own any website.
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    nothing to see here.

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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    Unless you buy a domain, host it on your own web server, and build the site on your propriety platform nothing is owned by you...
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
      Yes free hosting is possible. There are many around. some good some bad.

      Alex always has some advice on free hosting that should be heeded.

      FREE DOMAINS however are very different kettle of fish.

      Never ever use a free domain (I don't mean a free domain supplied with paid hosting, that is not free).

      I mean like .cc (if they still exist). Any free domains are immediately used by every crook, scammer, blackhat and "ne'er do well" that feel that if it's free, it's perfectly acceptable to abuse it for all its worth.

      You DO NOT want to be associated with that crowd if you ever want to succeed online.
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  • Profile picture of the author ymest
    "There is no such thing as a free lunch"...unfortunately! But I saw that thread above mentioning HTML..now is it practical? I wonder!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You're better off buying a domain and getting web hosting.

    Otherwise... you would need a good server (or 2...or 3), good knowledge of IIS (internet information services), and the knowledge of how to build a decent looking site.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    no sorry, if you don't have the money go out ad get it, sell some used stuff or do some quick easy money labor jobs.

    You'l need to have your own hosting and pay for a domain if you plan on doing this for real.
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